HOMETOWN: Venice, California
Mason Barnes grew up in Wrightsville Beach, which is widely regarded as one of the East Coast's small-wave havens. An enthusiastic and talented surfer as a kid, frequent trips to Oahu's North Shore led to a love of big waves. Barnes traveled to Portugal's infamous big wave spot of Nazare in October 2020 and rode one of the biggest waves of the day, on what many considered one of the largest swells in recent history. Out of the water, Barnes is as comfortable in a Gucci suit as he is riding huge waves. He now lives in Venice Beach, California.